Families are not just a collection of individuals; they are a system. And they are a system that is prone to challenges. Each family is unique in that it has its own set of norms, patterns, and rules. In family therapy, the family system is the client.
Family therapy helps family members understand each other and work through difficult feelings in a safe space. This type of therapy focuses on improving the interactions and communication between family members.
“Family” is defined as a group of people who care about each other and call themselves a family. You decide who falls into that category. We work with families of all kinds. Though it is ideal for all members of a family unit to attend therapy together, any number of family members may seek family therapy, even if some family members are unwilling to attend. Family members of all ages are welcome to attend.
Family therapy might be contraindicated if other family members are active substance abusers, abusive and violence, or deny that these concerns are problematic.
Family therapy can be beneficial in a number of circumstances, including:
Your family therapist will seek to understand your family’s goals, as well as patterns of relating and interacting, to help you improve communication and interactions. Your therapist will also encourage self examination and reflection and support mobilization of your family’s strengths, resources, and resilience.
Family therapists may:
There is no single path when it comes to family therapy. Therapy may last only a few sessions, or it may take more time for some families. If a family therapist thinks it will be helpful, they may meet with family members individually, as well as in a group.
Many people are hesitant to pursue family therapy due to concerns about judgment or the therapist taking sides. Monarch Psychology is dedicated to supporting all family members and we are not here to judge. We recognize that families are a highly interconnected system so therapy must take into account the perspectives and experiences of all family members.
We do our best to provide a safe and supportive environment for all clients and we welcome and embrace many types of families, including blended families, interracial families, chosen families, and LGBTQIA families.